‘Once Upon A Time’ 2.13 Episode Recap And Review: Tiny

Remember earlier in the season when Emma (Jennifer Morrison) ran into the human hating giant, that ended up sparing the most human person on Once Upon A Time (Emma). Well, he’s back and with a vengeance! After Cora (Barbara Hershey) traps him and shrinks him down to normal size, a massive misunderstanding ensues when he mistakes David (Josh Dallas) with his twin brother James. And with the help of Regina (Lana Parrilla), Tiny the giant reaks havoc on Storybrooke.

Emma, Rumple, and Henry:

And they’re off! Although this trio received very little screentime, they still managed to have, in my opinion, the most interesting scenes this week. We come to find out that Rumple’s enchanted shawl still has the ability to protect his fairytale identity, but at a price. He can’t take it off! It turns out that whenever Rumple (Robert Carlyle) takes off his enchanted piece, he becomes increasingly weak. If that wasn’t bad enough, it also turns out that he is unable to use magic outside of Storybrooke. That wasn’t necessarily a surprise, but I’m excited to see how Rumple reacts to this. We already saw him snap once, but what exactly will happen when he finds Bae? It’s obvious that Rumple cannot live without magic, and that’s exactly what forced Bae to leave in the first place. I’m sensing a massive confrontation in the near future.


It seems the minute Emma, Rumple, and Henry (Jared Gilmore) leave, is also the minute disaster strikes Storybrooke! After LeRoy, Charming and Snow (Ginnifer Goodwin) confront Hook about Cora, they are taken aboard his hidden ship. They don’t find much until they come face to face with a giant… Only a spell was cast to bring him down to normal size. All is well, until he sets eyes on David. He is filled with murderous rage, and escapes off the ship. It turned out that back in the Fairytale world, when David’s twin was still alive, James had met with Tiny. He had promised, along with a woman named Jack (loved this!), a life with humans for Tiny. Sadly, they’re kindness had proven false and resulted in the death of his family, and the death of Jack! Hopefully this isn’t the last we see of her. I kind of liked the gender twist. Regardless, Tiny mistakes David for James and goes rampant on the town with the help of Regina (who gives him something to make him become a giant again). After corning David, he tries to smush him, but ends up shrinking and falling into the hole he made. After hanging on for dear life, Tiny is saved by David and eventually welcomed into the town. After all the kindness that has been showed to Tiny, despite his actions and thoughts of humans, he decides to plant the last beanstalk in Storybrooke, possibly creating a way for everyone to return home!

‘Tiny’ was, in my opinion, a filler episode. Although Jorge Garcia is a breath of fresh air when it comes to television, I felt that his arrival was unnecessary, and honestly, kind of predictable. Not in the sense of his arrival, but more in the sense that ‘good conquers evil’. This week’s episode wasn’t necessarily an ‘OMG’ episode, but it was cute. I’ll give it that. Thankfully, the small scenes regarding Emma, Henry, and Rumple, as well as the cute one-liners, saved the episode.



  • What did you think of this week’s OUAT?
  • Thoughts on Rumple’s predicament?
  • What will Regina do now that Henry is out of Storybrooke?


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  1. I completely agree. On my Tumblr, I had made a post how I was a bit disappointed with this week’s episode because it was a filler. I thought the Tiny story was weak and a bit cheesy–like you said, it was the unoriginal, way-too-simply-done “good conquers evil.” I like his character, he seems great, but I was bored with all of its focus. I had wanted more Rumple! His story line is the most interesting right now, and those scenes were the most intriguing.

    And I wanted more on Belle! After losing her memory in such a dramatic way, I had wanted more focus on her recovery or at least progression.

    Oh, well. Here’s to knowing that Manhattan will be beyond epic! 🙂

  2. I’d forgotten about Charming’s badboy twin brother. Good episode but agree that it was a filler. Looking forward to seeing the trio’s adventures in NY.